Saturday 16 December 2017

Stakelum keen for another go if Daly remains

Dublin selector Richard Stakelum Picture: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Dublin selector Richard Stakelum Picture: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

DUBLIN hurling selector Richie Stakelum insists he is "keen" to go again with the team next year – provided Anthony Daly recommits for another season.

Stakelum, Daly's right-hand man since taking over from Tommy Naughton in late 2008, told the Herald: "Anthony really is the important point in this. He really is the guy who has given the biggest commitment than anybody else."

"Coming up from West Clare and the rest of us coming from Dublin, that in itself is a massive level of commitment. The whole pressure and focus is on what Anthony does so we expect him to make his decision.

"But there is a whole panel review in place. And once that's done, ultimately, Anthony will make the decision. If Anthony makes the decision to stay, happy days. If he makes the decision to step away, then we'll respect that decision too."

"I would be keen for the challenge ... but it's a bit easier for me.

"I think there is a lot of optimism. Not to say that it will be easy and not to say that we would be guaranteed building on top of last year because there are no guarantees in this business. But it's a good launching pad."

Stakelum added that the disappointment of Dublin's semi-final loss to Cork was "tempered by the fact that we did all we could to win," a stark contrast to the previous season, although he added the defeat would take its own toll on Daly.

"He wears his heart on his sleeve. He has his natural charisma and his appeal and these things take a lot out of him.

"But he is human as well," he added.

"I believe in the next couple of weeks, he'll make up his mind. Once he makes his mind up, that's it."

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